DUL Add.MS. 1950/A/5Antiphonale (fragment)
Held by: Durham University Library: Additional Manuscripts

Fragment of a leaf from a 15th century antiphonal, containing part of the Sanctoral for the feast of St Agnes, written in southern Germany or northern Italy.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2mcr56n1005.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: Fragment of a leaf
Size: 216 mm x 366 mm

Condition of manuscriptRubbed badly on recto, much inking gone.

Written line lengths: (recto) 260 mm. (verso) 280 mm. No pricking or ruling visible, except double verticals in red and staves on verso.


Written in tall rotunda, minims 7.5 mm. high, expertly.

Notation: Gothic, using a custos at the end of each line with a stalk at 45° up across the margin; staves 4-line in red.

Ink capitals lined with red to each form without music and to second half of every responsory and versus. Initial to responsory with music, 1-line + stave, red.

Manuscript history

Written in Southern Germany or Northern Italy, 15th century.


Former whole cover of a copy of Berno of Reichenau and Adilbert of Augsburg, De sanctis Udalrico, Symperto et Affra, etc., (Augsburg: Imprimebat Siluanus Otmar, expensis coenobii S. Vldarici & Aphrae, 14 April 1516), containing the bookplate, 17th century (?), of the Benedictine abbey of Andechs (Bavaria); rebound May 1928, according to note by Stocks. Shelfmark of source: Routh XLIII.D.28 Former reference: Portfolio I/4 (see Catalogue of fragments, manuscript and printed, amongst Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections).

Manuscript contents
Original title: Antiphonale (fragment)
Date: [15th century]
Language: Latin

About half of one leaf vertically: (recto) 17+ lines (verso) 5+ text. The verso contains a responsory to which there appears to be a back-reference vt supra on (a), but it seems clear that (a) contains responsories i-iv, with rubric In j noct, and so there should not be any responsories supra.
The recto contains Corpus antiphonalium officii, nos 2251, 2186, 4346, 4987, 1282, 1470, 6442 with vers. A, cue to 6436, 6446 with vers. D, and 6084, all without music.
The verso no. 6436 breaking off before versus, with music.

ta sum an: Dextram meam ... ... pater feminam
Dextram meam ... ... atque coruscantibus

Digitised material for Durham University Library Additional MS 1950/A/5
Digitised February 2018


Hesbert, R.J., Corpus antiphonalium officii   OCLC citation, (Rome: Herder, 1963-79)